Book Lovers Flock to National Book Festival (photos)

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The 2,500-seat main stage hall is filled to capacity as author and historian David McCullough appears at the 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. Photo by Jeff Malet.

Legions of book lovers descended on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., for the 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. After 12 years on the National Mall, the National Book Festival moved indoors in 2014. On this particularly rainy start to the Labor Day weekend, this felt like a good choice.

The event featured more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets for presentations and book signings. The most difficult challenge facing attendees would be which of the nine simultaneous presentations to attend in the span of 10 hours. Many decided to pack the 2,500-seat main stage to hear historian David McCullough, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, popular Wall Street maven Michael Lewis, and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

Other options included special panels on the life of Ernest Hemingway, President John F. Kennedy (on his 100th anniversary) and “Race in America.” Graphic novels were featured on a separate track. The festival once again received wire-to-wire coverage by C-SPAN, both for broadcast and for replay over the web.

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